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MPhil in Finance

Course Description

Combining advanced study and research, this programme is designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge of finance or financial engineering. The programme provides research-led teaching and is particularly suitable for those intending to continue to a PhD. The degree also provides a strong academic background for those aiming for a career in finance.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/bmjbmpfin

Course detail

The normal coursework component for the MPhil in Finance consists of the following courses:

- Pre-course reading: Preparatory course in Mathematics & Statistics (taught by the Faculty of Economics);
- Corporate Finance I;
- Fundamentals of Competitive Markets;
- Econometrics I or Econometric Methods;
- Corporate Finance II;
- Asset Pricing I;
- Econometrics II (or Cross Section & Panel Data Econometrics or Further Time Series with Applications in Finance & Macroeconomics); - Asset Pricing II.

Students can also choose a few electives offered by CJBS, by the Faculty of Economics, or by the Faculty of Mathematics department.


- If dissertation option is chosen, in place of three of the modules, a thesis of 12,000 words is required, no oral exam.

- Assessment across the nine courses will be by written examination, project, or coursework, depending upon the nature of the particular course.

- Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Mathematics courses offered on the MPhil in Finance are assessed exclusively by written examination.

- Presentation features as an assessment component in a number of CJBS modules offered on the MPhil in Finance.

Students receive qualitative feedback on their assessed performance and suggestions for improving their performance on the courses which are assessed in a number of stages. Students are also welcome to approach lecturers for informal advice and guidance.


Successful performance at the admissions interview in Lent Term 2016, and a minimum average grade of at least 70% on the MPhil in Finance programme.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

UK Bursary for UK nationals and ESRC.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Finance page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree. The first degree must have contained a significant economics or quantitative component and one should normally have no more than a year of work experience (between graduation and enrolment, excluding vacation employment and internships).

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